donkey


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don·key

 (dŏng′kē, dông′-)
n. pl. don·keys
1. The domesticated ass (Equus asinus), having long ears and a loud bray.
2. Slang An obstinate person.
3. Slang A stupid person.

[Perhaps from the name Duncan or of imitative origin.]

donkey

(ˈdɒŋkɪ)
n
1. (Animals) Also called: ass a long-eared domesticated member of the horse family (Equidae), descended from the African wild ass (Equus asinus)
2. a stupid or stubborn person
3. (Soccer) slang derogatory Brit a footballer known for his or her lack of skill: the players are a bunch of overpriced and overrated donkeys.
4. talk the hind leg(s) off a donkey to talk endlessly
[C18: perhaps from dun dark + -key, as in monkey]

don•key

(ˈdɒŋ ki, ˈdɔŋ-, ˈdʌŋ-)

n., pl. -keys,
adj. n.
1. a domesticated ass, Equus asinus.
2. a stupid, silly, or obstinate person.
adj.
3. auxiliary: donkey engine; donkey pump.
[1775–85; perhaps alter. of Dunkey, hypocoristic form of Duncan, man's name]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.donkey - the symbol of the Democratic Partydonkey - the symbol of the Democratic Party; introduced in cartoons by Thomas Nast in 1874
allegory, emblem - a visible symbol representing an abstract idea
2.donkey - domestic beast of burden descended from the African wild assdonkey - domestic beast of burden descended from the African wild ass; patient but stubborn
Equus, genus Equus - type genus of the Equidae: only surviving genus of the family Equidae
ass - hardy and sure-footed animal smaller and with longer ears than the horse
burro - small donkey used as a pack animal
moke - British informal for donkey

donkey

noun ass, mule, jackass, neddy strange creatures including a wild donkey
donkey's years (Informal) a long time, years, ages, for ever (informal), yonks (informal), an age or eternity I made them last for donkey's years.
Related words
male jack
female jenny
Translations
حِمارإنْسان غَبي ``حِمار''حمار
oselhlupák
æsel
azeno
aasi
magaractovar
ökörszamár
asniasni, bjáni
ロバ
당나귀
asinus
asilasjuodas darbaslabai ilgailabai seniai
ēzelisstulbenis
măgar
osel
åsna
ลา
eşekakılsızaptal kimse
con lừa

donkey

[ˈdɒŋkɪ]
A. Nburro m
female donkeyburra f
for donkey's years (Brit) → durante un porrón de or muchísimos años
I haven't seen him for donkey's years (Brit) → hace siglos que no lo veo
see also hind 1
B. CPD donkey derby N (Brit) → carrera f de burros
donkey jacket N (Brit) → chaqueta f de lanilla de trabajo
donkey engine Npequeña máquina f de vapor, motor m auxiliar
donkey work N (Brit) → trabajo m pesado

donkey

[ˈdɒŋki] nâne mdonkey jacket n (British)caban mdonkey work donkey-work n (British) the donkey work → le gros du travail, le plus dur (du travail)
to do all the donkey work → faire tout le sale boulot

donkey

nEsel m

donkey

:
donkey derby
nEselrennen nt
donkey engine
n (Rail) → (kleines) Hilfsaggregat
donkey jacket
n dicke (gefütterte) Jacke
donkey ride
nRitt mauf dem/einem Esel, Eselsritt m

donkey

[ˈdɒŋkɪ] nasino/a
I've known him for donkey's years (fam) → lo conosco da secoli

donkey

(ˈdoŋki) noun
1. a domesticated animal with long ears related to the horse but smaller.
2. a stupid person. Don't be such a donkey!
ˈdonkey-work noun
hard, uninteresting work. We have a computer now, which saves us a lot of donkey-work.
donkey's years/ages
a very long time. It's donkey's years since I was last there.

donkey

حِمار osel æsel Esel γάιδαρος burro aasi âne magarac asino ロバ 당나귀 ezel esel osioł burro, jumento осел åsna ลา eşek con lừa 毛驴
References in classic literature ?
A Man and his son were once going with their Donkey to market.
The shaggy man ran up to the nearest donkey and gave the beast a sharp blow with his switch.
So they opened the door and entered the house, where a little light-brown donkey, dressed in a blue apron and a blue cap, was engaged in dusting the furniture with a blue cloth.
They consisted of a sort of saw-buck with a small mattress on it, and this furniture covered about half the donkey.
He approached the first donkey and tried to mount it.
She had once mentioned her views on this point to Tom and suggested that he should stain his face brown, and they should run away together; but Tom rejected the scheme with contempt, observing that gypsies were thieves, and hardly got anything to eat and had nothing to drive but a donkey.
Four legs began to grow on him, a thick head, and two long ears, and he saw with horror that he had changed into a donkey.
I recollect I awoke from this state for the first time at Basle, one evening; the bray of a donkey aroused me, a donkey in the town market.
Gamfield's most sanguine estimate of his finances could not raise them within full five pounds of the desired amount; and, in a species of arthimetical desperation, he was alternately cudgelling his brains and his donkey, when passing the workhouse, his eyes encountered the bill on the gate.
A game-cock in the stableyard, deprived of every spark of his accustomed animation, balanced himself dismally on one leg in a corner; a donkey, moping with drooping head under the narrow roof of an outhouse, appeared from his meditative and miserable countenance to be contemplating suicide.
To crown all, there was to be a donkey-race--that sublimest of all races, conducted on the grand socialistic idea of everybody encouraging everybody else's donkey, and the sorriest donkey winning.
Miss Burgoyne and her donkey were thrusting their heads in at the half door.